Building Confidence: Melissa Schmidt
We all have different gifts or strengths that make us stand out — smarts, creativity, compassion, perseverance — although we tend to discover these at different ages and stages of our life. For Melissa Schmidt, owner and operator of TNT Adventure Obstacle Course in Fond du Lac, she didn’t realize she was athletic until her 20s.
She was overweight in grade school — a student that concentrated on academics and passed on all athletic opportunities. In college, as a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, friends encouraged her to try out for the rowing team. While her build was perfect for the sport, Schmidt found she had a lot of catching up to do. She had two choices: quit or dig deep.
Schmidt committed herself to rowing and along the way found she had great determination and strength. Her progress and success in her four years on the team even made her an Olympic hopeful.
While the timing of the Olympics didn’t work out, Schmidt embraced her gift and dedicated herself to a healthy lifestyle. Today the 43-year-old makes a living leading individuals and groups in team building, race training and boot camp exercises on her obstacle course.